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Posada finishes Yankees' rally to match biggest franchise comeback

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees were down nine runs in the second inning without three big boppers.

Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter never stopped playing.

Posada hit a game-winning, two-run homer with two outs in the ninth after withstanding a violent collision at the plate, and Jeter helped drive New York to a 14-13 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night -- matching the biggest comeback in Yankees history.

"It's hard to beat that one," manager Joe Torre said.

Jeter went 4-for-5 with a homer, four RBI and three runs. He also threw out a runner at the plate and stole third base.

Posada knocked in five runs and dusted himself off after getting bowled over by Mark Teixeira in the sixth.

"Right now, I feel great. Back then, I didn't feel too good about it," Posada said. "It's the hardest I've ever got hit. I know if I drop the ball, he would be safe. But he was not going to get the plate. I had it blocked. I never played football in my life, but that's what I think it feels like."

Mariano Rivera (1-2) got the win after giving up a go-ahead double to Rod Barajas in the top of the ninth.

Posada connected in the bottom half off Akinori Otsuka (0-1) after Johnny Damon reached on a bad-hop single to start the inning. Otsuka had not allowed a home run since Arizona's Craig Counsell took him deep on May 24, 2005.

"It had everything," Teixeira said. "It had a lot of runs. It had good pitching, at times. It had defense. It had balls caroming off runners."

The Yankees overcame a nine-run deficit for the fourth time in their storied history. The last time was a 12-11 win in 10 innings against the rival Red Sox on June 26, 1987. Boston's starting pitcher in that one was Roger Clemens.

It was the largest lead Texas has squandered in its 35-year history.

"To be honest, I always thought we had a chance," Jeter said. "You try to get one back at a time. You can't get them all at once, and that's what we did."

Hank Blalock homered and drove in four runs for the AL-West leading Rangers, who roughed up Shawn Chacon in building their big cushion. Teixeira had four hits and three RBI, but his hardest hit was on Posada at the plate.

With Texas up 10-5 in the sixth, Teixeira was on first when Blalock doubled into the left-field corner. Posada went to his knees for Jeter's two-hop relay throw and was knocked backward by the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Teixeira, who lowered his shoulder and delivered a heavy blow.

Posada and his mask went flying back into plate umpire Chris Guccione. But the All-Star catcher, who often appears to shy away from blocking the plate after getting injured on a collision in the minors, held onto the ball for the third out.

"He looked a little dazed, but he kept answering the questions right," Torre said.

Trailing 9-0 in the second, the Yankees started to chip away and the crowd of 40,757 began to sense that another stirring comeback was brewing in the Bronx. Fans chanted "Jeter! Jeter!" after the captain's three-run homer cut the margin to 10-8.

But this rally was particularly improbable. Missing injured sluggers Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui, New York went ahead 11-10 when Miguel Cairo hit a two-out, two-run single against Joaquin Benoit to cap a six-run sixth.

Jeter homered off Scott Feldman earlier in the inning, and Bernie Williams had an RBI double.

"Even with the guys they have out, this team can still score a lot of runs," Teixeira said.

Brad Wilkerson hit a two-run shot off Scott Proctor in the seventh, putting the Rangers back in front 12-11. Jeter's bunt single set up Posada's tying sacrifice fly in the bottom half.

The Rangers scored twice in the first and broke loose for seven runs in the second, highlighted by Michael Young's two-run single, Teixeira's two-run double and a three-run homer by Blalock on reliever Aaron Small's second pitch.

Chacon was chased after getting only four outs, his shortest start since Aug. 16, 2003, with Colorado against the Mets in New York when he gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.

This time, the right-hander yielded a season-high eight runs -- seven earned -- and six hits before being booed off the mound.

Handed a 9-0 lead in the second, John Koronka failed to last five innings for Texas. Cairo began the comeback with an RBI single in the second. Jeter hit a run-scoring double in the third, and Posada's RBI single cut it to 10-3.

Posada had a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Robinson Cano added an RBI groundout.

"They lost the momentum and we were able to get it back," Torre said. "It was just a great game for us. It was a big lift to let us know what we're capable of."

Notes

  • Batting cleanup for the first time since Oct. 2, 2004, Posada hit his second game-ending homer. The other came on May 5, 2000, against Baltimore.
  • With his 1,210th RBI, Williams passed Hall of Famer Bill Dickey for sixth on the Yankees' career list. Williams' 424th double tied Babe Ruth for third place.
  • Damon scored four times.
  • Teixeira matched his career high for hits.
  • Rookie LF Melky Cabrera had two assists for the Yankees.
 
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Derek Jeter goes 4-for-5 with this dinger in the sixth. He drives in four runs and scores three. (AP)
Derek Jeter goes 4-for-5 with this dinger in the sixth. He drives in four runs and scores three. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Posada
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Texas

H. Blalock
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Texas Rangers
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Michael Young, SS6112014 .331
Mark Teixeira, 1B5243010 .288
Phil Nevin, DH5230011 .247
Hank Blalock, 3B4134111 .345
Kevin Mench, RF4120102 .297
    Adrian Brown, PR-RF0100000 .200
Brad Wilkerson, LF3212112 .269
Mark DeRosa, 2B4010102 .358
Rod Barajas, C4111001 .225
Totals401317125516 
Batting
2B - Gary Matthews Jr. (12, Small), Mark Teixeira 2 (12, Chacon, Small), Hank Blalock (6, Villone), Rod Barajas (5, M. Rivera)
HR - Hank Blalock (8, Small), Brad Wilkerson (6, Proctor)
SH - Brad Wilkerson (1)
RBI - Michael Young 2 (24), Mark Teixeira 3 (22), Hank Blalock 4 (33), Brad Wilkerson 2 (14), Rod Barajas (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (7), Hank Blalock (17)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Young-DeRosa-Teixeira
E - Rod Barajas (2, Wild throw)
Texas Rangers
John Koronka 4.2855220 4.22
Scott Feldman 0.1333111 7.88
Joaquin Benoit (BS,1) 1233220 3.86
Rick Bauer (BS,1) 0.2211000 3.43
Ron Mahay 1.1000100 2.00
Akinori Otsuka (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2222001 2.95
HBP - Cano (by John Koronka)
Pitches-Strikes - John Koronka 80-47, Scott Feldman 19-10, Joaquin Benoit 30-15, Rick Bauer 12-7, Ron Mahay 20-11, Akinori Otsuka 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Koronka 6-5, Rick Bauer 1-1, Ron Mahay 3-1, Akinori Otsuka 1-1
Batters Faced - John Koronka 24, Scott Feldman 5, Joaquin Benoit 7, Rick Bauer 4, Ron Mahay 5, Akinori Otsuka 4
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF5430111 .291
Derek Jeter, SS5344100 .349
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5210104 .273
Jorge Posada, C3225111 .297
Robinson Cano, 2B3001103 .313
Bernie Williams, RF4211104 .239
Andy Phillips, DH5020012 .167
Miguel Cairo, 1B5023012 .229
Melky Cabrera, LF4120012 .316
    Bubba Crosby, LF1000000 .265
Totals401417146519 
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (10, Koronka), Alex Rodriguez (6, Koronka), Bernie Williams (4, Benoit), Andy Phillips 2 (2, Koronka, Feldman)
HR - Derek Jeter (5, Feldman), Jorge Posada (6, Otsuka)
SF - Jorge Posada 2 (2)
RBI - Derek Jeter 4 (29), Jorge Posada 5 (24), Robinson Cano (14), Bernie Williams (14), Miguel Cairo 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Posada 2 (10), Miguel Cairo 2 (2)
SB - Derek Jeter (6, 3rd base off Koronka/Barajas)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 2
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Cairo
E - Johnny Damon (1, wild throw)
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Shawn Chacon 1.1687200 5.21
Aaron Small 4.1622121 8.71
Ron Villone 0.1100000 2.63
Scott Proctor (BS,1) 1222111 2.05
Kyle Farnsworth 1000020 3.78
Mariano Rivera (W,1-2) 1211100 3.18
HBP - Barajas (by Shawn Chacon)
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Chacon 49-30, Aaron Small 58-39, Ron Villone 1-1, Scott Proctor 25-13, Kyle Farnsworth 9-7, Mariano Rivera 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Chacon 2-2, Aaron Small 6-3, Mariano Rivera 3-0
Batters Faced - Shawn Chacon 13, Aaron Small 18, Ron Villone 1, Scott Proctor 6, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mariano Rivera 6
Game Information
Attendance - 40757
Game Time - 3:49
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Tim Timmons